The authorities of the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, used repressive and violent measures against pandemic coronavirus to suppress critical views. This is reported by human rights activists from Amnesty International in a report on the observance of human rights in COVID-19, published April 29, (.pdf).
The report analyzed the restrictive measures in Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. According to human rights activists, the authorities in these countries ignore human rights and use repressive measures to quell public discontent in the epidemic.
“The governments of Azerbaijan and Russia has prosecuted social media users, journalists and health professionals who openly pointed out the flaws in the response to COVID-19” – said Kheza McGill researcher of the organization for Central Asia.
In the organization noted the increase of such violations as a threat to the right to health, threats to freedom of expression and access to information, excessive use of force and restrictive measures, and threats to victims of domestic violence.
According to data of the American Johns Hopkins University, in the world infected with the coronavirus 3.1 million, 217 thousand of them died.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in December 2019 in China. March 11, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.